Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez make weight for world middleweight title fight

Gennady Golovkin and Saul Alvarez both weighed in at the middleweight division limit of 160 pounds ahead of their fight in Las Vegas on Saturday.

The duo stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras, one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.

Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.

The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.

That has been consistent with the build-up to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.

Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage – his signature weigh-in move.

Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and singing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.

For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in person as the bout has been sold out for weeks.